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Mira, 22. Biomedical science student. Survival themes and strong language.

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    ““They’ll spend it on booze” is a fixation that bears little relation to reality. The rich spend more on alcohol than the poor, both in cash terms and as a proportion of their income. Indeed the rich spend as much on alcohol and smoking as the poor do on heating and lighting their homes. But the undeserving, feckless poor trope is incredibly useful to those seeking to cut social security support.”

    — Caroline Molloy, The basket police are watching you (via probablyasocialecologist)

    <>                                                                            <>          and my breath stands still.
                                                                                                                —emily dickinson //
    //  “it was lucky that i met miss wen…”

    Take care of your body

  • Take a Break: The Importance of Rest and Relaxation
  • I Think I Need to Go the Emergency Room?
  • Run With Me If You Want to Save: Exercising Will Save You Money
  • Take Advantage of No-Copay Medical Care
  • Ask the Bitches: Ugh, How Do I Build the Habit of Taking Meds?
  • Blood Money: Surviving Your Period While Poor
  • On Pulling Weeds and Fighting Back: How (and Why) to Protect Abortion Rights
  • Ask the Bitches: How Can I Survive in an Apartment with No Heat?
  • Take care of your mind

  • Our Master List of 100% Free Mental Health Self-Care Tactics
  • How Mental Health Affects Your Finances
  • Ask the Bitches: “How Do I Protect My Own Mental Health While Still Helping Others?”
  • Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos and Your Big Brain
  • Everything Is Stressful and I’m Dying: How to Survive a Panic Attack
  • Stop Recommending Therapy Like It’s a Magic Bean That’ll Grow Me a Beanstalk to Neurotypicaltown
  • Making Decisions Under Stress: The Siren Song of Chocolate Cake
  • Ask the Bitches: I Know How to Struggle and Fight, but I Don’t Know How to Succeed
  • Ask the Bitches: How Can I Absolve Myself of Financial Guilt Over My Pricey PS4?
  • The Frugal Introvert’s Guide to the Weekend
  • Update: I Know How to Struggle and Fight, but I Don’t Know How to Succeed
  • Take care of your time

  • Stop Measuring Your Time in Beyoncé Hours
  • Help! I’m Procrastinating and I Can’t Get Up!
  • You Won’t Regret Your Frugal 20s
  • Actually, Fuck Big Goals
  • How to Insulate Yourself From Ads
  • I’ve Succeeded at Every New Year’s Resolution I’ve Ever Made. Heres How.
  • Romanticizing the Side Hustle
  • Take care of your career

  • High School Students Have No Way of Knowing What Career to Choose. Why Do We Make Them Do It Anyway?
  • The Actually Helpful, Nuanced, Non-Bullshit Way to Choose a Future Career
  • Woke at Work: How to Inject Your Values into Your Boring, Lame-Ass Job
  • Are You Working on the Next Fyre Festival?: Identifying a Toxic Workplace
  • My Secret Weapon for Preparing for Awkward Boss Confrontations
  • Freelancer, Protect Thyself: The Importance of a Fair Contract
  • Confession: I Hate My Job and I Don’t Know How to Leave It
  • A New Job, a New Day, a New Life, and I’m Feeling Good
  • Episode 009: “I’ve Given up on My Dream Career. Where Do I Go From Here?”
  • Take care of your space

  • Leaving Home before 18: A Practical Guide for Cast-Offs, Runaways, and Everybody in Between
  • Ask the Bitches: I Want to Move Out, but I Can’t Afford It. How Bad Would It Be to Take out Student Loans to Cover It?
  • How to Successfully Work from Home Without Losing Your Goddamn Mind (Or Your Job)
  • Take care of your people

  • How Dafuq Do Couples Share Their Money?
  • Ask the Bitches: “How Do I Protect My Own Mental Health While Still Helping Others?”
  • How Can I Tame My Family’s Crazy Gift-Giving Expectations?
  • Ask the Bitches: I Was Guilted Into Caring for a Sick, Abusive Parent for Years. Now What?
  • Take care of your financial well-being

  • Ask the Bitches: How Can I Make Myself Financially Secure Before Age 30?
  • How to Save for Retirement When You Make Less Than $30,000 a Year
  • Ask the Bitches: Is It Too Late to Get My Financial Shit Together?
  • Slay Your Financial Vampires
  • Should Artists Ever Work for Free?
  • Don’t Spend Money on Shit You Don’t Like, Fool
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Financial Math
  • Share My Horror: The World’s Worst Debt Visualization
  • Stop Undervaluing Your Own Work, You Darling Fool
  • So I struggle badly with writing dialogue sometimes. Any tips for that?


    My #1 tip for writing dialogue is to change paragraph every time you change speakers. Yes, even if they only say one word. That change of paragraph is a signal to the reader that a new person is talking, and not changing paragraphs makes dialogue a lot more difficult to read. 

    As for the actual words of dialogue, there are a few things that I do in my own fics which work for me. See if any of them seem like they might work for you:

  • pick a few slang terms or idioms that the character uses in character and use them once or twice in your fic. Careful: overdoing it could end up sounding unnatural.
  • which brings me to point 2: say your dialogue out loud. Or at least, play it out in your head without the narration that goes with it. Does it sound like a real conversation? 
  • a way to make it sound more ‘real’ is to have characters interrupt each other, or have them trail off without finishing their sentences
  • take into account the situation the characters are in and adjust their speech accordingly. People get more formal/casual in their speech depending on who they’re talking to and what the purpose of the conversation is
  • don’t feel like you need to have narration with every line. If the conversation is going back and forth really quickly, you can give a sense of that speed by just putting the dialogue text without saying “he said” or “she whispered” etc. 
  • when you doadd the narration, remember that “said” is a wonderful word and great to use when it doesn’t matter what tone or volume the character is using. Said is the default. Any time you use another word, that draws attention to the way the character is talking. Use that to your advantage! By using other words (shout, admonish, chide, etc) you draw your reader’s attention to that dialogue and that can be a great way to point out plot-relevant information or interactions
  • I could go on, but I don’t want to load you down to much with my way of doing things. How about the rest of you? How do you write dialogue? And if you’re a reader, what kinds of things make you feel like the conversation was really happening?

    As far as the grammar of dialogue goes:<>THIS POST is a goldmine.

    4 big No-nos for me, as a reader: 

    <>ONE: DON’T put Character B’s action on the same line as Character A’s speech. The action goes next to the speaker, and indicates (if you haven’t put a speech tag to do so) who is talking; it’s really difficult to tell who’s speaking if you mix them up.

    <>TWO: DONT put a big paragraph between Character A’s line and Character B’s line. Words on the page are time passing. What you’ve just written is Character A saying ‘hi how are you?’ and Character B staring vacantly off into space for minutes before replying. (Even if Character B acknowledges their bizarre dissociation, by the time they’re answering I’ve already forgotten what Character A said. It makes even a short conversation exhausting.) 

    <>THREE: DON’T put an action for every line of dialogue. Actions can be a handy way to show who’s speaking, yes, but if someone picks up their glass, puts it down, fiddles with the cuffs of their sweater, chews their lip, brushes their hair back and smooths their hands down their thighs all within the course of one small conversation I’m ignoring their dialogue because I’m too busy wondering whether they have ADHD and why the author thought I needed to know they were doing this; why are they fidgeting? are they up to something? are they lying??

    <>FOUR: DON’T have Character B answer every question Character A asked in order, like a list of perfect bullet points, unless they’re a robot. Peoples’ minds just don’t work like this; you answer the last question you were asked, in a list, and people will assume the first thing Character B says is an answer to the last thing Character A said. 


    A: Hey is this seat taken? can I sit here?’ B: ‘No. Yes.’ 

    ✔️‘A: Hey is this seat taken? can I sit here? B: ‘Yes.’ 

    <>Other things to think about:

    If you must use a word other than ‘said’ for your speech tag, you can make it actually add something to the tone of the dialogue, in terms of physicality; seamlessly, and not just repeating something that (you hope) ought to be obvious from the dialogue itself. 

    EG. ✔️  ‘Keep your voice down,’ he hissed. 

    is better than:  

    ❌ ‘Keep your voice down,’ he admonished.

    (Because, yeah, I can already see he’s admonishing from the dialogue itself, we don’t need it repeated. Hissed leaves me to connect the dots. Also, a physical speech-tag (as in: relating to the way people actually, physically say words) can double at showing character; one person will hiss, another will whine, another will mutter, etc.)


    Because people don’t usually talk in stretches longer than a handful of sentences, so if your character has to speak for longer than that, or recount something detailed, break the dialogue up into smaller chunks. You can do that with actions or narration. (They could be pausing for breath, working out what they’re going to say next, checking their listener’s reaction, or something else could interrupt, etc<>.) But make sure you speech-tag it when they start talking again, because I’ve been in the position before, reading, where I’ve thought Character B has started replying when in fact it’s still Character A, continuing where they left off. 


    There are certain lines in dialogue that pop up again and again, in fanfic especially, and they always pull me out of the story. Off the top of my head I can remember: 

    You’re [insult]’ ‘…But you love me anyway.’  *suddenly moved* ‘Yeah I do.’

    ‘And here I thought’ 

    *faux shocked-gasp with hand on chest* ‘I’m [insulted/wounded/shocked] I would never-’ 

    Two characters suddenly start to talk about themselves in the third person in a sickeningly cutesy way, eg. gee I’d love to go out with you on Saturday but see i just met this great guy and-’ GAG.

    And any internal-dialogue sentence that begins with the word ‘hell’ as a mild exclamation, eg. ‘hell, when he thinks about it…’ 

    Binding for Short Works

    Because I picked up traditional case binding methods, I’ve been almost entirely focused on long epic works. But there are a ton of short fics out there (under 20k) that are perfectly worthy of binding and you can do that!

    Option No. 1: <>Single signature booklet - “Zine” style

    For very short works, you can create a single sewn signature (I’d cap it at 32 or 36 pages max)

    @eat0crow​ created a tutorial for this method! 

    Here’s my zine using this method

    Option No 2: <>German Stiffened Paper Binding

    A slightly more involved method that employs bookcloth, and can accommodate more than one signature. This is great because a lot of fics end up being somewhere between 25-72 pages, and this is really awkward length for either the single-signature booklet or for a hard spine case bound book.

    Video:German stiffened paper binding with a variety of endpaper attachment methods (video)

    Procedural with diagrams.

    Here are pics of my first go at this method.

    Finally a moment to show off my obsession with solarpunk!

    “Overpopulation” is such an easy thing to brainwash people on. I used to believe this until somebody pointed out that you could double the living space of my hometown without developing more land by hypothetically adding one extra floor per building. Do this across the board and you’ve already ended homelessness- but thats not even considering all the millions of vacant buildings just lying around that could be used for housing (fill those up first).

    Theres also a more sci-fi concept for incredibly tall, thick skyscrapers and artificial layered mountains that, to my knowledge, are completely within the realm of physical possibility and would house tens of thousands of people. Blueprints were drawn up in the 90s in a few different countries, like Sky City 100 in Japan

    And the Ultima Tower in San Francisco

    The designs are gathering dust and need proof-of-concept but the basic idea is contemporary: If youre a high-technology civilization and you have too many people, build UP, or DOWN, but never OUT. Then surround the towers with farming space and preserve the rest of nature. You could triple the global population if you wanted to, and not only would you be able to give all of those people the living space of a modest house, but youd actually vastly increase food production (which is already enough to feed all those people and can be doubled like OP said)

    And if you still prefer living out in the country? Nobodys saying you can’t! It would barely affect current living accommodations, it would just make things easier for the current homeless and you wouldnt need to pay as much for food.

    Or if you wanna look at something that we can 100% do now, literally just combine agriculture and architecture.

    These are just concept art pieces of Forest Cities, but there are legitimate plans to begin building living spaces that use plants in their designs. Again, towers are more environmentally friendly than individual housing because you get vastly more living space per acre and if those buildings double as crop/oxygen production then youre basically supercharging nature by “overpopulating” humans.

    Remember kids: We are the only species on earth that can not only intentionally save nature, but vastly increase its potential. When people talk about environmental issues and housing crisises by saying “the earth is dying because of human overpopulation,” they’re detracting from any real solution by saying that it’s actually your fault just for existing in a large species. Never listen to them.

    online library so far:

  • margaret atwood
  • the brontës (the complete works is a MASSIVE file fyi)
  • anne carson
  • hélène cixous
  • bell hooks
  • clarice lispector
  • audre lorde
  • virginia woolf
  • compilations

  • feminist theory
  • academic writing (both books and articles)
  • everything here is in pdf format so you should be able to download and read it on any device. it’s slow going because i have a lot of epubs that i have to convert before uploading and the folders i’ve listed here are neither complete nor comprehensive, but it’s a start! 

    it’s like.. sooo funny to see ppl approach immortal all-powerful characters w/ the mindset of “well clearly they love the gender binary and heterosexuality and adhere to both of those” like… bitch do you really Think

    i’ve existed for only two decades and don’t care for either of those… do you really think an immortal all-powerful being would? hard pass